Will Gaines worked in newspapers for five years before making the switch to the WordSouth team in 2017. While he’s only been out of school for a short time, he’s worked all over Alabama in that time. He was the sports editor for Auburn University’s student newspaper, The Auburn Plainsman. He then interned with the Montgomery Advertiser before being hired as sports editor at the Fort Payne Times-Journal. After a year in Fort Payne, he returned to his hometown paper, The Anniston Star. He’s won multiple awards for feature writing and covered a wide variety of topics centered on community journalism during his time in newspapers. He recently got married and enjoys outdoor activities with his new wife, Melissa, and their dog Cricket.